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Pakistan Again Rejects India’s Demand for Queen’s Counsel to Represent Kulbhushan Jadhav

File picture of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

This is in accordance with authorized follow in different jurisdictions as properly, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri stated throughout a press briefing.

  • PTI Islamabad
  • Last Updated: October 1, 2020, 11:16 PM IST


Pakistan on Thursday as soon as once more rejected India’s demand that an Indian lawyer or a Queen’s counsel needs to be appointed for death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav to make sure a free and honest trial within the overview of his dying sentence on this nation. “We have repeatedly advised them that solely these attorneys can symbolize Commander Jadhav within the Court who’ve the license to follow regulation in Pakistan. This is in accordance with authorized follow in different jurisdictions as properly, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri stated whereas replying to a query throughout his weekly press briefing right here.

He additional stated that the Indian Supreme Court, in considered one of its judgments, has additionally dominated that international attorneys can’t follow regulation throughout the nation. India’s Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava final month stated the federal government of Pakistan has not been in a position to fulfil its obligations on implementation of the ICJ judgment in letter and spirit.

“It has not yet addressed the core issues, which include provision of all documents related to the case, providing unconditional and unimpeded consular access to Kulbhusan Jadhav and appointment of an Indian lawyer or a Queen’s counsel to ensure a free and fair trial,” he stated. Queen’s Counsel is a barrister or advocate, appointed Counsel to the UK Crown on the advice of the Lord Chancellor.

Last month, the Islamabad High Court directed the Pakistan authorities to offer India one other probability to nominate a lawyer to symbolize Jadhav and adjourned listening to for a month. Pakistan’s Parliament final month prolonged for 4 months an ordinance that allowed Jadhav to file an enchantment in opposition to his conviction in a excessive court docket as required by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Responding to a query on Pakistan’s supply of arranging a gathering of Jadav together with his father and spouse, Chaudhri stated the supply “remains valid. “However, we’ve not obtained any response from the Indian facet as but, he added.

In 2017, India approached the ICJ in opposition to Pakistan for denial of consular entry to Jadhav and difficult the dying sentence handed to him by a army court docket. The Hague-based ICJ dominated in July 2019 that Pakistan should undertake an “effective review and reconsideration” of the conviction and sentence of Jadhav and likewise to grant consular entry to India with out additional delay.

India has slammed Pakistan for adopting a “farcical” strategy in denying obtainable authorized treatments to Jadhav in opposition to his dying sentence in contravention of the ICJ order. Fifty-year-old retired Indian Navy officer Jadhav was sentenced to dying by a Pakistani army court docket on fees of espionage and terrorism in April 2017.

During the briefing, Chaudhri additionally stated that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has as soon as once more written to the President of the UN Security Council, elevating the Kashmir subject. Pakistan has been unsuccessfully attempting to drum up worldwide assist in opposition to India for withdrawing Jammu and Kashmir’s particular standing and bifurcating it into two Union territories. India has categorically advised the worldwide neighborhood that the scrapping of Article 370 was its inner matter. It additionally suggested Pakistan to just accept the truth and cease all anti-India propaganda.

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